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Defense lawyers in meth case need more time to prepare for trial

THE court-appointed counsels of two defendants accused of making methamphetamine through the “shake and bake” method have asked for additional time to prepare for trial.

At the pretrial conference on Wednesday, attorney Benjamin Petersburg told the District Court for the NMI that he needed additional time because of a discovery letter  he received on July 5, 2018 with discs containing 606 recorded phone calls which are completely or partially in Chamorro.

Petersburg, according to the conference minutes, is trying to locate an interpreter and will possibly request transcriptions of some of those calls.

Petersburg is the lawyer of Vincent David Cabrera Jr. who was indicted on charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, and conspiracy to possess chemicals, products and equipment to manufacture methamphetamine.

On Wednesday, Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona asked the parties if they were ready to proceed with the jury trial set for Aug. 1, 2018.

Steven Pixley, court-appointed counsel for Eugene Blas Repeki Jr., Cabrera’s co-defendant, said he also needed for more time. He asked the court to continue the trial to the end of September which the judge granted.

The jury trial will now commence on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 at 10 a.m., she said.

Cabrera and Repeki appeared in court in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and were both remanded to jail after the hearing.

Garth R. Backe, assistant U.S. attorney, appeared for the federal government.

Cabrera and Repeki’s co-defendants are Rick Omar Jr. and Sidney Capelle Kani. Both have pled guilty to the charges.